NAA Receives First STAR Award

STARability Foundation Executive Director Karen Govern recently presented the Naples Art Association (NAA) with a STAR Award in recognition of the organization’s community partnership and commitment to inclusive employment. The award recognizes the NAA, under the direction of CEO Aimee Schlehr, for being on the forefront of inclusion and serving as a community leader in shining light on abilities, not disabilities.

“The NAA is honored and humbled by this recognition. We are so happy to partner with STARability to provide inclusive employment. And, we look forward to providing more opportunities in the future,” said Schlehr.

By employing a STARability member and maintaining an active partnership with the STARability Foundation through innovative art classes, photography workshops and exhibits, the NAA is taking steps in strengthening awareness and respect for individual abilities. Inclusion in the workforce and in creative expression gives STARability members a sense of belonging and purpose.

“It is our belief that every individual deserves to feel valued, integrated, and included in the workforce and community. We invite other businesses and organizations to follow in the footsteps of the Naples Art Association and be part of the change to a more inclusive community,” said Govern.

The NAA is the first recipient of the STAR Award, which was created by the STARability Foundation to honor organizations and businesses that have hired one of our members and exemplify the values of inclusion.

To find out about employing a STARability member or becoming a vocational partner with our Trailblazer Academy, please contact Madison McNally at or 239.594.9007.